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  • Authentically International

    "International" is more than a label here. It is at the very core of everything we do and how we do it.

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  • Transferable Curriculum

    A curriculum handpicked for its international focus and global recognition, culminating in the IB Program.

    Students at the British International School of Washington

  • Inspiring Each Other

    Our students will embrace your child with open arms. Our students inspire each other to succeed.

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  • Dedicated and Inspiring

    Our teachers are recruited for their ability to nurture lifelong learners and inspire excellence.

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  • Your New Community

    We welcome you to our inclusive community. From day one you and your child will feel at home with us.

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  • Every Day is Different

    Your child will experience something new every day. Find out what's happening and connect with each other.

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  • Ask Anything

    Speaking directly with us is the best way to get your questions answered quickly. We look forward to hearing from you.

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Alison Bates

Alison Bates

Performing Arts Teacher

A former professional performer and choreographer, Alison Bates teaches music, drama, and dance to Years 1-11. She has a wealth of experience teaching the arts to all ages and is passionate about encouraging all children to explore their innate creativity!

My journey into the arts began when I was 4 years old with ballet lessons in my hometown of Newcastle upon Tyne. Bitten by the bug, I made it my sole mission to immerse myself in every element of performing arts I could find, including many more dance classes, singing lessons and countless trips to the theatre.


At the age of 18, I was fortunate enough to be accepted into the prestigious Stella Mann College of Performing Arts, which subsequently led to a career all over Europe as a professional dancer, singer, choreographer, and eventually managing director of my own production company in Spain.


Upon returning to the UK in 2013, I decided to embark on a new career of sharing my love of the arts through education. I obtained my Certificate in Education from the University of Central Lancashire, followed by a BA (Hons) in Theater from the Guildford School of Acting.
I have since been teaching in secondary schools and colleges in North West England, becoming Course Leader of Musical Theater in an FE establishment in Manchester before being offered the post at BISW.


It is such an honour to be part of the incredible team at BISW and fulfill a lifelong dream of living in the United States. I am excited to share my passion with the students and collaborate with global ideas that only an international school can provide. I look forward to developing lots of performances that both the students and I can feel proud of, and I can guarantee lots of sequins and jazz hands along the way!

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